AT&T LG G3 and G Watch will go on sale July 11th, pre-orders open tomorrow

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AT&T has finally announced some availability for LG’s latest flagship device, the G3. The carrier is opening up pre-orders for the G3 tomorrow, and the device will officially be available this coming Friday on July 11th. The two-year contract price is $199, and the Next installment plans put the device at about $600 over two years.

Not only will AT&T carry the G3, but they’re also offering a special deal if you plan on buying a G Watch, too. If you’re purchasing a G3 with a two-year contract or installment plan, they’ll knock 50% off of the companion smartwatch. Since the G Watch is an Android Wear device, it won’t be locked to just the G3, so it will still function even if you swap out phones down the line. Pricing for the G Watch is $229, so you can snag one for $115 if you take advantage of the bundle deal.

Are you going to be picking up a G3 this Friday, or are you waiting for something else to be announced later this year? » Read the rest

[App Review] Take control of your mobile data with the redesigned My Data Manager 4.0

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Not too long ago, we went over some of the best apps available for monitoring how much data you use per month on your smartphone. On that list, we featured My Data Manager, which was a fully featured and well designed data monitoring tool. Just a few weeks ago, My Data Manager was updated to version 4.0, bringing a brand new interface and several new features that give you more control over how you keep up with your monthly usage. Since it was a pretty big update, we decided now would be the perfect time to give My Data Manager an in-depth review.

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Google preemptively prepares for the Terminator apocalypse with robots.txt Easter egg

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20 years ago, the robots.txt file was created as a way to limit what web  crawlers would and would not index. The file disallows certain pages on a web  site from being indexed, and therefore keeping it out of search results. And, like any other anniversary of something related to technology, Google is taking the opportunity to make a clever joke with it.

Google has uploaded a robots.txt file to their servers that can be found at Google.com/killer-robots.txt with instructions for the inevitable Terminator-style doomsday scenario. The file lists two user agents, the T-800 and T-1000, and instructs them to “disallow” the deaths of Sergey Brin and Larry Page. If you’re a fan of the Terminator movies, you’ll notice both of those user agents are also Terminator models. » Read the rest

ASUS has high hopes for their upcoming smartwatch

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It’s no secret that ASUS has a smartwatch in development, as we’ve heard several promising rumors about the device. ASUS chairman really believes the smartwatch will be great, too, judging from his comments about it earlier today.

Chairman Jonney Shih discussed the trade offs that have to be made in a smartwatch, including form factor, size, and price and how focusing on different aspects of a device can make or break its success. He says the ASUS design team has learned a lot about smartwatches in their design process, and if the early rumors about how thin and affordable the device is pan out, there’s a good chance ASUS will have a hit product on their hands. » Read the rest

More details on HTC Volantis surface, Boomsound speakers 64 GB of storage on board

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More details have surfaced about HTC’s rumored upcoming Nexus tablet. The rumors confirm a few things we’ve already heard, but don’t match up with others. According to @evleaks, we should expect the Volantis to launch with an all-aluminum body and Boomsound speakers, both of which are HTC’s biggest marketing features right now. The screen resolution is also pegged at 2560 x 1600, which is a much more common aspect ratio than what we previously heard. » Read the rest

SuperSU 2.01 update gets support for Android L Developer Preview

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Chainfire’s SuperSU app has been updated today to build in support for the Android L developer preview. Before now, rooting the developer preview involved a few workarounds with custom boot images so root permissions should work properly, but that should all be fixed up now.

If you’ve been using the L developer preview, have you tried rooting it yet, or are you fine with using a non-rooted device?

source: XDA Developers

Galaxy Mega 2 gets benchmarked, confirms quad-core CPU and 5.9-inch screen

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Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 2 has broken cover a few times, so everyone knows that the sequel to that enormous Galaxy Mega is definitely happening. However, thanks to the latest benchmark scores from a rumored Galaxy Mega 2, we know what kind of hardware the phablet will have whenever it does launch.

The benchmark says the Mega 2 will have a 5.9-inch, 720p screen, down from the 6.3-inch screen on the Galaxy Mega that we saw in the US last year. Other specs include a quad-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal space, an 8 megapixel rear camera and an impressive 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Nothing to brag about, but it’s shaping up to be a solid device.

The original Galaxy Mega is starting to show its age, so it shouldn’t be too much longer until Samsung officially takes the wraps off of this year’s iteration.

source: GFXBench

via: GSM Arena

Google Play Music gets updated with UI tweaks and Android TV support

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Google’s Play Music app is getting an update with a handful of small tweaks, bringing it up to version 5.6. It’s not a complete material design update, but it does include some new UI changes that bring it closer to Android L’s design language. You’ll see a new toggle in the sidebar for viewing downloaded music, as well as the circular account switcher that we’re seeing in plenty of newer Android apps. » Read the rest